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M7A1 Buford MBT by PaintFan08 M7A1 Buford MBT by PaintFan08
M7A1 Buford Main Battle Tank

Crew: 4
Country: United States of America
Designer/Builder: General Dynamics (Land Division)

Armament: 1x 120mm M360A Electro-Thermal Cannon
2x 12.7mm M3B MG (One Coaxial mounted)
1x 7.62mm M240 Coaxial MG
1x 40mm M29 AGL

The Buford is the US Army’s replacement for the M1 Abrams series tank. Incorporating new armor, weapons, and battlefield management systems it matched only by the latest European designs. Development began in the early 2010s. US Army tankers were called in to give their opinions on what was required for the new tank. Lessons learned from battles in The Middle East and Central Asia plus the weaknesses of the Abrams were corrected in the M7.

At the center of the M7A1 is its new gun. The M360B is an electro-thermal gun which provides a much higher velocity for KEW rounds. It allows the Buford to defeat the latest in tank armor, in addition to smashing reinforced bunkers with HEDS rounds. Three machineguns and an automatic grenade launcher provide anti-infantry firepower unmatched by other tanks. This allows the M7 defeat any threat encountered from enemy tanks to swarms of insurgent fighters.

Improving upon systems first deployed in the M1A2 SEP, the Buford has the most advance battlefield management and fire control computers. Each tank can wirelessly communicate with another through the Inter-Vehicle Data System (IVDS). At the lowest levels the IVDS helps maintain unit cohesion and for officers the ability to get real time intelligence from unmanned and manned assets. In addition, air strikes, artillery support, and re-supply can be called for over the IVDS. Hardened battlecams with full NVG and FLIR abilities, give the Buford’s tank commander a 360 degree battlefield view.

Production of the M7 is proceeding at rapid pace. All of the US Army’s active Armored Cavalry Regiments along with the 1st Armored, 4th Infantry, 1st Cavalry Divisions have been equipped with Buford. Select units in Iraq and Georgia have used the M7 in combat. Among South Ossetian tankers, the M7 was known as the ‘Thunder Maker’. One Buford company destroyed over 30 Ossetian T-90s. The only tank that was capable of challenging the M7 was the Russian T-99 (A few were being used by Ossetian forces, believed to be crewed by Russian ‘advisors’.) When one M7A1 was hit by the powerful 152mm cannon on the Russian tank, it continued to fight with only moderate damage to its systems.

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An idea for a future US tank. Thinking about doing the a British or German MBT next.
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:iconusnavypro:
USNAVYPRO Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Nice!
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spartan2spec Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
pretty cool :)
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GeorgeXyrafis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
can you draw an M1A2 abrams?
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Yes, no plans currently though to do one.
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GeorgeXyrafis Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
ok thanks
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Drock625 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
This would be a great tank to replace the aging Abrams.
But I gotta better Idea... why not use this one and Eisenhower Grizzly, and the Abrams as our three main battle tanks?
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
One reason you have a main battle tank is that it is standard. Multiple tanks means multiple supply chains needed to support their specific parts. So realistically the military would want a single MBT with newer models phasing out the older ones eventually.

Thanks for the comments!
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Drock625 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
hmm... that is a good point. It'd be more expensive.
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rkraptor70 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Exzactly how the Electro-Thermal Cannon functions?
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Uhh as I basically understand it it involves a different type of ammunition and how its fired. I do know that it is real thing, being researched for new tank cannons. Its supposed to get more velocity than a modern one I believe.
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:iconrkraptor70:
rkraptor70 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist
Are you talking about ramjet shells? What that had to do with the gun?
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Been a while since I looked at it so I may be mistaken. Not trying to sound sarcastic but maybe do a search in Google?
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:iconrkraptor70:
rkraptor70 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh sorry. I though it was your own design.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
NP, and again sorry if my reply was cranky just don't recall the details for ET cannons.
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678091 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A smaller turret represents a harder target to hit nice work
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GibbleGarp Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Great drawing, but wouldn't it be better for the machine guns to be in a small turret for protection of the machine gunner? Or is it remotely controlled?
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
As drawn they're just meant to be used to by the TC and Loader. I just based it on current tank designs. I imagine though of course you could rig up remote control systems.
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GibbleGarp Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Ah I see.

Great design though :)
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thanks
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AdmiralSerenity Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You might want to erase the b/w tank template you have underneath. ;)
Otherwise, it's a brilliant tank. :)
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Thanks!
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asaquru10 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how on earth did u make that
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Just used PS paint with another program gimp to add some detials. Glad u like
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Ostentatiousnessness Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you draw this shit? this shit is awesome!
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Just in Paint actually, with touch ups in GIMP, a free photoshop like program.
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Ostentatiousnessness Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok, i've been using GIMP but the lines are either to thick or to thin
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
I start out in Paint then do shading and stuff in GIMP, haven't gotten the hang of drawing in that one yet.
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Ostentatiousnessness Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i just trace over the reference pics in another layer then alter as i see fit and delete the reference, havent gotten the hang of colours
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
For my coloring I do the basics in Paint, and then details, cammo, and others in GIMP.
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Ostentatiousnessness Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you use gimp for colouring?
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Well you can do gradients which can help with shading. The airbrush tool is good camouflage and making dirt or burns, etc.
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skullas92 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
very nice nice story to
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Thanks!
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emperorkirkwall Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
nice what program you use?
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Just MS Paint and GIMP for the dust and lettering.
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Triumviratus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Looks a lot like the silhouette of the next generation Russian T-95 Black Eagle. Good job.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Thanks although its supposed to be an American tank LOL
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Commander-jao Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student General Artist
great concept
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
Paint with GIMP for the text on the cannon and dirt grime on the skirts
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ColonelMarksman Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might be mistaken, what program did you use?
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